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The Blue Bowl, Bristol

Bristol Road
West Harptree
Postal town: Bristol
BS40 6HJ

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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Blue Bowl

Large attractive looking pub, on the main road just along from the lake. Good to see that it's back to it's proper name, it went through a phase a few years back of being called The Tickled Trout which I always thought was rather daft. The pub's a mix of several different areas, with a decent sized bar area at the front with a suitably “country pub” feel to it with some comfy leather sofa's, smaller bar area off to the right and a large restaurant area overlooking the garden. The garden itself is a good size, and a popular spot on a nice summer's day.

Good choice on the menu, with quite a few specials on the board as well. Food was a bit of a mixed bag really – nothing particularly wrong with it, but nothing very memorable either. Portions were generous, but the meatballs and pasta came with a salad which seemed odd, and Mrs. Blackthorn was none too impressed with the garlic bread. Most of the mains hovered around the £9 and this seemed a bit expensive for the food that we got.

Beers on this occasion were London Pride and Wickwar's BOB. I walked out of this pub many years ago as the only cider they had on was Strongbow – it was good to see that they took my objections on board, and they now have a wider, if slightly uninspiring choice, namely Blackthorn, Olde English, Gaymer's Original & Gaymer's Pear.

On 15th April 2010 - rating: 6
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Rod Ward left this review about The Blue Bowl

large foody pub near to Chew Valley Lake, large garden includes childrens play area

On 11th August 2004 - no rating submitted
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